Westport PD: Bridgeport woman facing charges for not returning rental car 19 years ago

Westport Police Department insignia

Westport Police Department insignia

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A Bridgeport woman has turned herself into Westport police, almost 20 years after she was accused of stealing a rental car.

Police responded to Avis Rental Cars back in September 2002 for a report that a rented car was never returned. At the time, the store’s manager said the car was rented to Michelle Kinner in early August, but hadn’t returned it by Sept. 5 of that year. A letter was sent to Kinner, asking she return the car, police said.

“Since the vehicle was a month overdue and efforts to recover it from Ms. Kinner were not successful, the car was deemed to be stolen,” Lt. David Wolf said. “Therefore, a warrant for Ms. Kinner’s arrest was completed and signed by a Superior Court judge.”

He said the car was recovered out of state in December 2002.

“Avis was notified and presumably took possession of the vehicle,” Wolf said.

Kinner, now 45, turned herself in at the Westport Police Department on May 6. She is charged with first-degree larceny.

She was released on a written promise to appear and is scheduled to be arraigned at state Superior Court in Norwalk on May 21.